A tennis presenter has hit out at Nick Kyrgios’ post-match remarks following his volatile opening round contest at Wimbledon.
Nick Kyrgios has some under heavy fire following his opening round match at Wimbledon.
The Aussie survived a five-set thriller against Brit Paul Jubb, but his antics on and off the court have once again stolen the limelight.
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Kyrgios took aim at the raucous crowd, a line judge and admitted he had spat in the direction of one of his tormentors in the crowd.
At his post-match press conference, Kyrgios jousted with journalists as he hit out at the abuse he says he receives on a daily basis, both on and off court.
Tennis presenter Catherine Whitaker applied the blowtorch to Kyrgios for his press conference comments as he tried to justify his unruly behaviour.
“Kyrgios started talking about how disrespectful they (the crowd) were. Then he bled into talking about the messages he receives on social media and how horrific they are,” Whittaker said on The Tennis Podcast.
“He had some important things to say about that, it does sound horrific – tennis has a problem, the world has a problem with policing social media. Tennis players shouldn’t have to endure that nor should anyone it’s awful.
“It really upsets me that he can’t make that point logically and sort of leave it there or let it lead to somewhere logical or interesting or productive.
“Because what he actually does is make that point and then in his head pretty much use it to justify any behaviour both on the court and in the press room afterwards.
“He’s got this distorted logic that umpires and line judges are responsible for his online abuse, because they make bad calls that determine the outcome of his matches negatively and then he receives online abuse for losing tennis matches.
“I’m not even going to go into all the ways that logic is stupid but that has real consequences he is very dismissive of any consequences there might be for line judges and umpires.
“He says, ‘They’re not getting the online abuse that I’m getting when they do badly at their job’ and you know I asked him ‘Do you know that? Have you ever spoken to an umpire or a line judge about their experience of their job and what it’s like to try and understand things from their side?’
“And he said ‘No no, but of course they’re not getting what I’m getting’. And I’m not, but they have their own experience. Your experience is not justification for you behaving however you damn well like, which is appallingly. And today wasn’t even one of his worst.”
Fellow host David Law agreed with Whittaker and said while he wants players to stand up for these things, Kyrgios doing it tends to lead to a “pointless back and forth”.
“They’re very difficult Nick Kyrgios press conferences when they’re like that, because he is bringing up important topics and he is prepared to which is great. It’s important that players are prepared to do that.
“And yet in a way he’s almost the worst person to have that conversation with because he’s so inflexible and so tunnel-visioned about how he sees something and it’s all about his own experience. He doesn’t put himself in someone else’s shoes or think about anything else other than what he’s experienced.
“It just makes it a completely almost pointless back and forth between the journalists and him because no-ones getting anywhere, even though it’s good that he’s brought up the topic in the first place.
“It just leaves you a bit confused.”
Kyrgios takes on Serbian Filip Krajinovic in the second round.